National Track Championships


Competing in her first National Elite Track Championships, local Cyclist Autumn Collins made history by becoming the first Limerick Cyclist to win a Women’s National Elite Cycling Medal. In Saturday’s sprint competition Autumn emerged from the seeding 200m Time Trial in 3rd position which saw her draw Sophie Loscher from Sundrive Track Team in the quarter finals. Sophie, a recent bronze medalist in the Women’s National Team Sprint competition, made her move with 350m to go, but the attack was quickly countered by Autumn who pulled clear to win and progress to the semi final. In the semi final Autumn met Deirbhle Ivory from Bray Wheelers. Ivory had qualified 2nd fastest in the Time Trial and was favourite to progress. However, Autumn used her superior track craft and speed to win the best of three series two nil as in both races she attacked with 350m to go and opened a 6 length gap which proved too much for the Bray cyclist. In the final Autumn met defending National Champion and National Record holder Eimear Moran of the Sundrive Track Team. Moran who was aware of Autumn’s track skills and rapid acceleration countered by ensuring both races were fast from the outset to ensure that Autumn couldn’t use her kick to establish a gap. In the end Moran’s power ensured that the Dublin rider won two nil in the best of three series. Autumn’s silver was her 3rd consecutive national Sprint medal having won Gold and Silver in the Junior competition over the past two years.